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A Deep Sense of Wrong

The Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels After the 1838 Rebellion

by (author) Beverley Boissery

Initial publish date
Jan 1995
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Australia & New Zealand, General
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    Jan 1995
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In 1839 fifty-eight men left Montreal for the penal colony of New South Wales. They were ordinary people who had been caught up in the political whirlwind of the 1838 rebellion. Even though they were all civilians, they had been tried by court martial. Convicted of treason, their properties forfeited to the crown, they paid a heavy price for rebellion. And as convicts in Australia, they were considered the lowest of a bad lot. During their years there, however, they earned the respect of Sydney's citizens.

About the author

Dr. Beverley Boissery is a historian and the author of three works of non-fiction: A Deep Sense of Wrong, Uncertain Justice, and Beyond Hope. Her children's novel Sophie's Rebellion was released in 2005 to critical acclaim. Boissery lives in Vancouver with her quiet cat and rambunctious friends.

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Editorial Reviews

Beverly both a trained historian and a novelist. In her book A Deep Sense of Wrong, she combines these skills to turn what might have been a solid but dull historical study into a fascinating story that interweaves political and legal history with a concern for the fate of individuals.

University of Guelph

Here is a terrible story well told.

OHS Bulletin

A Deep Sense of Wrong is an intriguing account of an obscure episode which links two of the oldest members of the Commonwealth, as well as being a tribute to the hardihood and integrity of those simple souls who survived their clash with an alien authority. No facile read, this, but well worth the effort.

Chronicle Toowoomba

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